Freshman 15? It was more like the freshman 40 for me. My first year of college was the start of my 20-year battle with my weight. Inactivity, pizza, and beer were seeminglythe culprits, but in retrospect I realize it was more about eating for emotional satiety. I used every tool you can imagine to lose weight: several of the popular weight loss programs, Herbal Life, starvation, diet pills, liquid diets, Atkins, South Beach, and the list goes on and on. Everything worked for a short time and then I would yo-yo back to my start weight and sometimes more. It wasn’t until after the birth of my 3rd son that I hit rock bottom. At 230 lbs I was the heaviest of my life, the least energetic,and the most depressed. I was killing myself with food and diet Coke and was on the fast track to developing diabetes or heart disease. I knew that I had to do something that would stick, so I went back to basics with running and controlled my portion sizes. I quickly dropped 40 lbs and felt amazingly better. Life got in the way again and I wasn’t able to workout as frequently as necessary. I maintained the status quo, but knew it wouldn’t be good enough. I continued to eat well and lost more weight, but I still didn’t feel as strong and healthy as I knew I could.
The big game changer for me was discovering the wonderful world of Team Beach Body. I had heard the legends of Insanity and decided I would give it a try. I was challenged beyond belief, but love every minute of it! I started drinking one serving of Shakeology a day and was amazed that it provided me with my chocolate fix along with tons of energy and nutrients. With consistency I started noticing my body change and transform into something I never thought possible. I became a Team Beach Body coach this year and am delighted to be able to help and inspire many women who want to change their lifestyle. I provide fitness/nutrition advice, accountability, support, and encouragement and I love experimenting with all the different fitness programs that they offer.
Working out at home has become my saving grace. I don’t find time for exercise; I make time for it. I no longer dread working out, but instead crave the rush of endorphins and savor the dull ache in my muscles. I feel sexy, strong, powerful, and full of energy. I no longer have to worry about working around my husband’s schedule or finding a babysitter. I do ½ hour of exercise a day at home, make sure I drink my Shakeology, and get the bulk of my diet in the form of whole foods. Do I eat dessert? Occasionally. Do I eat pizza and fried foods? Sometimes. The trick is to eat well most of the time and allow yourself a cheat meal once and a while. We have to live a little, right?
Today, I am 90 lbs lighter than I was 5 years ago! I maxed out at size 18 and today I wear a 4. I started out only being able to run 30-second intervals, but this year I ran a half marathon and a 200-mile group relay. 5 years ago I felt like an old woman and today I feel more young and vibrant than I did in my 20’s. Every day I keep challenging myself to see how far I can go. I am close to 40 and have never been healthier, fitter, or happier. From time to time I still worry that I will revert back to those old bad habits, but I quickly brush those thoughts away. I am transformed inside and out and there is no going back! Nelsen Mandela once said, “Once a person is determined to themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.” Are you determined?
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Thank you Carrie!